The Ministry of Supply Mercury jacket has a contemporary and streamlined appearance. The jacket is made from 90% recycled materials, can be controlled by voice through virtual personal assistants like Amazon Alexa, is windproof and waterproof, and, perhaps most impressively, uses machine learning to warm to your ideal core temperature.
The effort to make this item a reality was just recently started on Kickstarter, and it has already blown through its goal in a significant way. With only three days remaining, the startup based in Boston has successfully raised more than half a million dollars. So, what exactly is it about this high-tech jacket that makes it such a hit?
There are many other battery-powered thermal coats available in the marketplace, but the component of Mercury that uses machine learning is what makes it a truly innovative product. It monitors the temperature, collects motion data, and takes into account the user’s preferences in order to deliver the ideal level of warmth in a variety of settings. To put it another way, it understands whatever you want before you can even tell it what it is.
Let’s say somebody slips on the coat before leaving for work in the morning; the warming mechanism in the jacket will activate as soon as they step outside. When they were walking to their train station, which raised their heart rate and heated the body, the coat took into account both the temperature outside and the temperature inside to control the distribution of heat. Because the three heating elements made of carbon fibre are so practically weightless, when they are not in use, you won’t even be able to tell that they are there.
The machine-washable coat will remember your choices once some time has passed. It is true that the more you use it, the better it will get.
The Ministry of Supply team says, “Our goal is to make clothes that are both stylish and useful, and thermoregulation is one of the most important parts of comfort.”
“We are pleased to showcase our concept of what wearable tech can become, which is not simply a tool to monitor our vitals but also to act on them, allowing us to grow more comfortable and productive as a result of it. The Intelligent Heated Jacket is easy to explain. It has a learning thermostat built into the fabric of the jacket.
Clearly, a lot of consideration has been placed into both the fashionable aspect and the comfortable aspect of the situation. The smooth jackets are prepared to resist wind, snow, water, and odours in addition to providing security from the conditions for which they were designed. At the same time, it has an exceptionally high degree of breathability and stretchability.
In addition, there is a hood that can be attached, and you can use the battery that is built into the jacket to charge your smartphone. You can go with a vest that is lighter in weight if you prefer not to wear the garment or if you live in climates that are just a little bit hotter than average.
The company estimates that conducting research over the course of three years brought them to this point. Ministry of Supply has come back to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter for the third time. After graduating from MIT in 2012 and deciding to make their products in a more scientific way, they decided to use Kickstarter.